Golden Leica MP

January 25, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film | 14 Comments |
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To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, Leica is offering collectors a limited-edition Leica MP analogue rangefinder camera. The camera is coated in 24-carat gold and encased in Leica Red Box calf leather. Sold only in mainland China, the production run of the golden MP is limited to 60 bodies outfitted with gold-plated Summilux 50mm f1.4 lenses. The serial numbers start with 1949, the year Mao Zedong’s communists seized control of the country. Priced at $199,900 yuan, the golden camera and lens come in a luxury wooden box. Honestly, we have no idea of what Marx, Engels or Mao himself would have thought of something as blatantly bourgeois as a golden camera that costs hundreds of times more than what the average Chinese worker earns in a month, but we have the sinking feeling that they might not have approved of the idea…

Via Engadget



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#1 A Colourful Guy Drowning

I can't figure out why anybody would want to commemorate Mao as he was responsible for the deaths of tens, if not hundreds, of millions of people?!?! I guess Leica needs the cash! ;)

2:06 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#2 efix

I find this absolutely disgusting, for various reasons. But I guess it's just what the modern, successful, policy-true chinese businessman wants.

2:48 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#3 Rob

Not that I could afford a Leica anyway, but I can positively say I will never purchase one of their products now. This is disgusting. Commemorate one of the most oppressive regimes in the history of the world and the event that resulted in the deaths of up to 70 million people... great idea.

4:00 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#4 Butter

I wish Leica would spend more time finding their way back to developing uncompromising photographic instruments. With the dawn of the digital era, they seem to have lost their way in engineering, and this seems to indicate the same for their corporate philosophy. Plate it and ship it seems to be their new mantra.

5:27 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#5 spam

Why not whitebalance the image?

7:25 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#6 Ashley

Wow, who would have thought of a golden camera for a communist dictator. What will they come up with next?

9:11 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#7 cheburashka

A camera dedicated to a country which surpresses press freedom and free reporting, how pathetic it is? A proof of Leica's moral bankruptcy these days.

10:00 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#8 marco

I agree. Why commemorate Mao? Leica must have lost the plot, I am waiting for the Silver analogue rangefinder commemorating Hitler, nice thought innit? please...

10:20 pm - Monday, January 25, 2010

#9 luc

Communism is all about tackiness in recent years, or not?
What a fit - an ugly golden, shiny camera and red silk.

5:23 am - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

#10 buy nintendo dsi r4

My point is that authoritarian or not, even if it were still an imperial government, why should a company like Leica not celebrate their anniversary? Once they allow you to do business there, they are your government. And of course you would cash in on these opportunities. It shouldn't lower our opinion of the company. And, no, for those of you still living in the 60's, China is not really communist or socialist anymore, although it still has a lot of problems.

8:26 am - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

#11 jezza

leica have lost the plot with this, previous posts are correct when the lament that leica are commemorating a regime that is up there with opression of people and press freedom... I wonder why a camera respected among war/press photographers on the move would be sucking up to a regime their products have helped to expose... its mental... leica = pathetic.

9:06 pm - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

#12 JohnH

Didn't Leica at one point move their production out of Germany to avoid the Nazis?

3:21 pm - Thursday, January 28, 2010

#13 Sam

$29,281US for a butt ugly camera/lens combo that looks like it was "finished" by the interior decorator who did Graceland??

A camera that honors the genocide carried out by a communist thugocracy against 20 to 35 million defenseless human beings - WTF are the dip**its who run Leica thinking?!?! I guess genocide must be okay as long it's carried out by a socialist or communist regieme.

Apparently the powers that be at Leica have bought in to the lie that socialist and/or communist autocrats can do no wrong - of course, calling the ChiCom thugs who run that regieme despots, autocrats, oppressors and dicatators would be (oh, horror of horrors!) JUDGEMENTAL.

6:59 pm - Wednesday, March 3, 2010

#14 Sam

What's next from Leica? An all black M( to commemorate Auschwitz with "Arbeit Macht Frei" Carved in the top plate??

7:01 pm - Wednesday, March 3, 2010